Milstar II (U)
(U) Milstar II is an enhancement to the Milstar I capability and is equipped with the Extremely High Frequency (EHF) Low Data Rate (LDR) payload of Milstar I satellites (Flights 1 and 2) and an additional EHF Medium Data Rate (MDR) payload which provides increased tactical capabilities, including higher data rates to mobile forces and "nulling" that will neutralize close-in enemy jammers.
Description User Impact Programmatics Images Related Initiatives Related Requirements Related Categories Road Map Placements Additional Hotlinks Lead Office POC
(U) Milstar communication satellites provide protected (anti-jam) and survivable (anti-scintillation) communication services to maintain freedom of action during the deployment, maneuver, and engagement phases of military operations. Milstar II satellites are equipped with the EHF LDR payload of Milstar I satellites (Flights 1 and 2) and an additional EHF Medium Data Rate (MDR) payload which provides increased tactical capabilities, including higher data rates to mobile forces and "nulling" that will neutralize close-in enemy jammers. The Milstar II MDR payload provides 32 channels at 4.8 to 1544 kbps. The use of the EHF frequency band allows for low probability of interception and detection, and anti-jamming. Combinations of earth coverage, agile, wide and narrow spot beam antennas provide appropriate power levels for each type of earth terminal. Satellite cross links allow Milstar satellites to communicate without routing via intermediate ground stations. Four Milstar II satellites are currently under construction. DFS-3 was originally ordered as a Milstar I satellite, but is being modified to carry the MDR payload. Milstar II satellites 3-6 are scheduled for launch in FY99/00/01/02. The Milstar satellites will be placed in geosynchronous orbits that provide 24 hour coverage from 65 degrees north latitude to 65 degrees south latitude.
User Impact (U):
(U) The Milstar satellite system provides operational forces, especially highly mobile tactical units, secure, survivable, flexible communications on a worldwide basis.
Name Title Milstar II Milstar II This Table Is Unclassified.
Related Initiatives (U):
Name Title Advanced EHF Advanced Extremely High Frequency (EHF) Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) AN/USC-38 (V) AN/USC-38 (V) Automated Comms Management Sys Automated Communications Management System (ACMS) Centaur Centaur Command Post Terminals (CPTs) Command Post Terminals (CPTs) Eastern Range Eastern Range ICBM EHF Terminals Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) EHF Terminals Milstar I Milstar I SCAMP Terminal Single Channel Anti-Jam Man Portable (SCAMP) Terminal SMART-T Secure Mobile Anti-Jam Reliable Tactical-Terminal (SMART-T) Titan IVA Titan IVA Titan IVB Titan IVB This Table Is Unclassified.
Related Requirements (U):None.
Related Categories (U):
Name Title EHF Satellite Systems Extremely High Frequency (EHF) Satellite Systems MILSATCOM Military Sattelite Communications Satellite Operations Satellite Operations This Table Is Unclassified.
Road Map Placements (U):
Name Title Major DoD Space Programs Evolution of the Selected Space Programs MILSATCOM SPACE FORCE ENHANCEMENT: MILSATCOM National Security Space Road Map Integrated System Road Map This Table Is Unclassified.
Requirements, Funding and Additional Hotlinks (U):
Name SPAWAR MILSTAR 1998 Strategic Master Plan MILSTAR Reports MILSATCOM Homepage Sattelite Control ORD (95) RDT&E Budget Item Project 5010 This Table Is Unclassified.
Lead Office (U):
(U) Air Force.
(U) DoD: OASD(C3I), Pentagon, Washington, DC
(U) Service Staff: Air Force: SAF/AQS, HQAF/XOR Pentagon; HQAF/SCM, Pentagon, Washington, DC
(U) Major Command: AFMC, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, CA
(U) Program Management: AF PEO (Space), Pentagon, Washington, DC; MILSATCOM Joint Program Office, Los Angeles AFB, CA
Point of Contact (U):
(U) Maj Steven Cliatt, SMC, Open Phone: (310) 336-4475.
Date Of Information (U):
(U) 01 February 1997
(U) Road Map Production Date: 12 July 1999
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